Digilens Argo is an AR headset with voice control

Digilens Argo is an AR headset with voice control

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The standalone Digilens Argo AR headset should provide good images even in low-light conditions and can be operated hands-free.

Display specialists from Digilens present the Argo, a new AR headset aimed at businesses and industry. The first hands-on reports testify to the device’s remarkably clear display. However, Digilens does not use the new generation of plastic waveguide screens.

Focus on voice control in B2B scenarios

The Argo headset is meant to operate hands-free and independent of body position. This is ensured by integrated voice control and automatic gaze recognition. According to the manufacturer, the built-in microphones pick up voice commands even in noisy environments. Digilens clearly focuses on functionality and durability in their B2B headset design.

The temples can be removed, allowing the lenses to be inserted into optionally available add-ons such as goggle covers. The AR headset is IP65 certified and suitable for both industrial and military use. Digilens sees other areas of application in healthcare, construction, logistics, education and communications. There, the AR headset is intended to support virtual training, remote assistance with maintenance or repair work, and medical training, for example.

The AR headset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2, which is also used in portable virtual reality headsets like the Meta Quest 2 or Pico 4. No trigger is required, like a smartphone like the Nreal Light. Argo works independently and displays key instructions as well as 3D objects for augmented reality applications, videos, or photo displays.

Three cameras and a swappable battery during operation

A 6DoF tracking camera is located on both the temples on the left and right sides of the headset. This is joined by a 48MP camera just above the nose. The camera features auto focus, digital zoom, and pixel binning (Explanation). This should make it possible to get detailed pictures even in low light conditions. In addition, there are optical and electronic image stabilizers.

Die Digilens ARGO Smartglasses in der Frontansicht.

Recording and tracking cameras are located on the left, right and in the center of the Digilens Argo housing.

Argo aims to capture high-resolution video and photos, stream its field of view to other devices, and receive video streams from headphones or other smartphones. The cameras also act as barcode and QR code scanners.

Speakers for surround sound are built into the temples, as well as five microphones. The battery can be recharged via the USB-C port or replaced in hot swap mode. Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 and GPS are also integrated.


Bright screens in Gorilla Glass casing

Argo’s 3D waveguides are supposed to achieve more than 85 percent transparency and are housed in specially fixed lenses made of Gorilla Glass. Digilens states that the brightness of the LCOS LED screen is over 2,500 nits. the The field of view is 30 degrees in landscape mode.

The displays are Digilens Crystal30 third generation. Digilens doesn’t use the plastic displays introduced in the summer of 2021. The plastic version is said to be nearly as strong as glass waveguides, but is lighter and cheaper.

It is not yet known what price Digilens will charge for Argo Smartglasses.

Small digital field of view and normal natural field of view

CNET editor Scott Stein tested the Digilens Argo and was impressed with the clarity of the color display displayed on the lens. “I didn’t see any flashing, and I didn’t see any rainbow or smudge that I’ve seen on many headphones. It was like looking through a clean pair of glasses,” Stein said.

He said the field of view was smaller than the Hololens 2, but brighter, which was useful for outdoor viewing. Stein didn’t feel constrained in his natural field of vision: “The effect, for me, was identical to wearing my daily glasses.”

However, as with most AR headsets, the Argo’s display space felt limited. For Stein, it was nice to read the information and see the photos. According to Stein, the voice control is very responsive.

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